How to cite this article: César C G, Natalia T R, José A S N, Manuel P Z. Impact of Acute Kidney Injury on the Survival of Subjects Receiving Noninvasive Ventilation. Int J Pul & Res Sci. 2018; 2(4): 555594. DOI: 10.19080/IJOPRS.2018.02.555594
Objective: the main objective was to determine the presence of acute kidney injury (AKI) and the 90-day survival of subjects with acute respiratory failure (ARF) receiving noninvasive ventilation (NIV) in the Emergency Department (ED)
Method: We performed a prospective observational study. AKI was defined as the growth of level of creatinin between the one made in the ED, which had to be 1.5 times higher than the "basal value” (within the previous 3 months). Subjects were contacted by telephone at hospital discharge and at 30, 60 and 90 days after the initiation of NIV.
Result: We analyzed 174 cases: 30(17.3%)subjects with AKI and 144(82.7%)subjects no-AKI. Fifty-three percent of the subjects (16 subjects)with AKI died versus twenty percent (30 subjects)with no-AKI (RR 3.276; CI 95%: 1.74-6.16. P<.001) Cox regression analysis showed the following to be statistically significant: subjects with AKI (HR 2.808; CI95%: 1.497-5.291. P=.001), mean blood pressure (HR 0.969; CI95%:
0. 926-0.994. P=.044)and age (HR 1.039; CI 95%: 1.007-1.71. P=.015).
Conclusion: The presence of AKI is an independent factor of mortality in subjects with ARF requiring NIV in the ED.
The management of acute respiratory failure (ARF)in the Emergency Department (ED)is evolving from classical invasive mechanical ventilation (IMV)with endotracheal intubation to the "more recent” noninvasive ventilation (NIV). From almost the beginning of the implementation of the latter technique EDs were considered as fundamental strategic areas since early initiation of NIV reduces patient mortality . Exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)and acute pulmonary edema (APE)are the two most frequent diseases in the ED . Factors associated with failure of NIV and lower patient survival include a low level of consciousness, high respiratory rate, pH values less than 7.25, high scores in severity scales(APACHE, SOFA)or hemodynamic instability [2,3-7]. On adding IMV to these prognostic, it is observable a worsening in the kidney function, which leads to a higher mortality [8-10]. The evaluation of renal function consolidates acute kidney injury (AKI)which is based on the RIFLE  and Acute Kidney Injury Network (AKIN)criteria . These criteria present two fundamental points: the first is a dynamic study of renal function according to changes over time, and the second is a grading of AKI depending on the relative decline in renal function. Both scales adequately determine the prognosis of the patient [14-17]. However, studies on factors associated with NIV do not evaluate in depth the relationship between the renal function and the survival of these subjects [2-5,14]. Therefore, the aim of the present study is to determine the survival of subjects receiving NIV and the presence of AKI in the ED.
Methods we performed a prospective observational study carried out in the ED of the Hospital General Universitario Reina Sofia of Murcia (Spain)which attends a population of 202,000 inhabitants, with 92,297 emergencies having been attended in 2014. The study began on November 10, 2012 and finished on June 28, 2014. Patient recruitment was dynamic and consecutively included all the subjects attended in the ED. The inclusion criteria for these subjects were:
a. Aged above 18 years.
b. ARF defined by pO2/FiO2<300.
c. NIV during the ED visit.
d. A diagnosis in ED that were of APE or COPD
The diagnosis for APE was base on clinical's foundings made by the ED's physician with a chest radiography compatible with APE. The COPD exacerbation is defined as a worsening of the patient's respiratory symptoms that is beyond normal day-to- day variations in subjects with known COPD.
A patient with a serum creatinine value carried out in the last 3 months. The exclusion criteria were: requirement for a lifesaving or emergency intervention, the necessity IMV before beginning with NIV and subjects receiving hemodialysis. The study followed the prevailing laws and regulation and was approved by the Ethical Committee of Clinical Investigation of our hospital. All the participants of the study provided informed consent. Confidentiality of all personal data was managed according to the Spanish Organic Law 15/1999, of 13 December on the protection of personal data. The main objective of the study was to determine the mortality at 90 days after the initiation of NIV and the presence of AKI. We determined serum creatinine (mg/dl) levels at admission to the ED. To define the "basal value" we had to use the last measurement of serum creatinine made to the patient. This measurement had a deadline of three months. AKI was defined as the growth of level of creatinine between the one made in the ED, which had to be 1.5 times higher than the "basal value". The subjects that were discharged were telephoned at 30, 60 and 90 days after the initiation of NIV. The study included secondary objectives were the mortality rate during hospitalization, admission to the intensive care unit (ICU), mortality at 30 and 60 after the initiation of NIV and mortality according diagnosis(APE, COPD exacerbation). Mortality was also taken into account according to the AKIN criteria . NIV was the administration of continuos positive airway pressure (CPAP) or Bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) applied through a interface. All subjects were continuously monitored. The ventilators used for NIV were either BiPAP model ST or Trilogy 202 (Respironics; Murrysville, PA). The initial ventilator.
Settings are as follows:
I. BiPAP Mode: Inspiratory Positive Airway Pressure (IPAP) between 10-16cm H2O and an Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP) of 4cm H2O. After, the pressure (increasing the pressure support in 2 cm H2O each time) was adjusted to achieve an expiratory mean tidal volume of at least 5 ml/kg.
II. CPAP Mode: EPAP of 5cm H2O, increasing the pressure to 10-15 cm H2O. The IBM SPSS Statistics v-21 was used for the statistical analyses. Categorical variables were expressed as absolute values and percentages. Continuous values were expressed as mean, standard deviation and median. In addition, the type of distribution was determined using the Kolmogorov- Smirnov test. Differences between categorical variables were evaluated using the Chi square and continuous variables were analyzed with the Student's T test if the distribution was normal or the Mann-Whitney U test if otherwise. The relative risks were calculated with their 95% confidence intervals (CI 95%). To determine associations between the continuous variables and the different groups the ANOVA or Kruskall-Wallis test was used. To discriminate the confounding power of the variables, Cox regression analysis was used performing univariate analysis of the statistically significant variables (not only regarding AKI, but also the mortality) and including the subjects with AKI. Kaplan- Meier analysis was performed for survival analysis, and the curves were compared using the Log rank test. A p value < 0.05 was considered significant.
A total of 291 cases were included, 52(17.8%) of which were excluded for lacking serum creatinine determinations in the previous 3 months, 61(20.9%) presented a different diagnosis exacerbation of COPD or APE, in 2(0.68%) cases data were lacking and 2(0.68%) were less than 18 years of age. Thus, 174 cases (59.7% of the subjects) were finally analyzed (Figure 1). One hundred forty-four subjects (82.7%) didn't have Acute Kidney Injury (no-AKI), while 30 subjects (17.2%) developed an Acute Kidney Injury (AKI).Table 1 shows the basal characteristics of the subjects comparing those with AKI with subjects with no-AKI. Of the 174 subjects studied, 45(25.9%) died within 90 days of ED discharge. Among subjects with AKI the mortality at 90 days was 53.3% (16 subjects) compared to 20.1% (29 subjects) in those with no-AKI (RR 3.276; CI 95%:1.74- 6.16.P<.001). The global in-hospital mortality was 14.3% (25 subjects), 30.0% with AKI vs 11.1% no-AKI (RR 2.554; CI 95%:1.32-4.92.P=0,007). Tables 2 & 3 show the data related to mortality. Urea, serum creatinine, creatinine clearance and previous serum creatinine values showed no statistically significant relationship with 90-day mortality, with P values of .133, .269, 0118 and .527, respectively. However, the difference in serum creatinine levels (1.14±0.89 vs. 0.28±0.51 mg/dl; P=.024) were found to be related to mortality at 90 days. Regarding the in-hospital mortality, a significative statiscal difference was found as regards the serum creatinine (1.76±0.93 vs. 1.37±0.68 mg/dl; P=0.014) and the difference in serum creatinine levels (0.57±0.91 vs. 0.21±0.35 mg/dl; P=.039).
* Continuous values are presented as mean ± SD (median)
† p-value to contrast both groups.
‡ Any type of domiciliary noninvasive ventilator
S Inspiratory oxygen fraction.
‖ Creatinine obtained from analyses in the last three months.
¶In the lowest line the percentage amoung the group are shown.
AKI: Acute Kidney Injury.
NIV: Noninvasive Ventilation.
COPD: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Dissease.
SOFA: Sequential Organ Failure Assessment.
* AKI: Acute Kidney Injury.
† p-value to contrast both groups..
‡ ICU: Intensive Care Unit
S The number of event is shown/ total amount within the diagnosis.
‖ COPD: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases.
With regard to the remaining variables studied, among the categorical variables none of them showed a significative statiscal relationship with 90-day and in-hospital mortality. To the contrary, of the variables the following were statistically significant: aged (75.27±11.4 vs 80.40±10.4 years. P=.004), mean blood pressure (100.7±22. vs 91.3±21.4 mmHg. P=.010), pro BNP (4627.0±6299.5 vs 7244.1±9264.3 pg/ml. P=.040); procalcitonin 0.48±4.4 ng/dl vs 0.59±1.5 ng/dl. P=.001)and SOFA score (3.5±1.1 vs 4.6±1.7. P=.023) No relationship was observed between the presence of AKI and the probability of admission to the intensive care unit (ICUj, with ICU admission of 8.3% in subjects with no-AKI, in opposition to a 6.7% in subjects with AKI (RR: 0.816; CI 95%: 0.21-3.07; P=.760)(Table 2). The Kaplan-Meier curves (Figure 2) showed a greater mortality in subjects with AKI on comparing no-AKIN (P<.001) Cox regression analysis showed statistical significance in the presence of AKI (HR 2.808; CI 95%: 1.49-5.29; P=.001), mean blood pressure (HR 0.969; CI 95%: 0.926-0.994; P=.015)and age
(HR 1.039; CI 95%: 1.007-1.071; P=.015) (Table 4).
This is the first prospective study to evaluate the association between worsening in renal function and the mortality of subjects with severe ARF. The severity of both hypoxemic and hypercapnic ARF is related to the need for NIV. The results of the present study indicate a lower survival among subjects with worsening in renal function compared to basal values and the greater the renal failure the worse the survival. The strength of our study lays in the use of the initial serum creatinine value compared with a reasonable recent basal determination. Therefore, the prognostic value of renal function may be determined at the time of initiating NIV. In the present study we demonstrate that the presence of renal failure triples the probability of death. The importance of this study is that it suggests that AKI has a previously unappreciated relationship among the prognostic factors of subjects receiving NIV.
The classical study on prognostic factors by Confalonieri et al.  did not include either the presence of renal failure or measurements of renal function such as serum creatinine or urea. Indeed, serum bicarbonate values reflecting acid-base equilibrium are often not included [1,3,7-9]. This study even proposed a prognostic scale including the APACHE. Thus, a greater mortality is observed with values >29 in the APACHE scale. In our trial, we have used the SOFA scale in order to predict the mortality. As it was expected, taking into account the reference literature, the mortality in subjects with high SOFA was higher mortality. However, when the multivariate analysis was carried out, the SOFA scale disappeared from the model because of the presence of AKI. As the APACHE, SAPS II and SOFA scales included the kidney function, it is likely that the worsening of the kidney function is an independent variable and very important in the mortality of subjects undergoing a NIV. A recent study by Pacilli et al.  reported 18.2% of moderate or severe renal failure in COPD subjects with hypercapnic ARF requiring NIV. This value is closer to that observed in our study in which the mean age of the subjects was also over 75 years.
However, although this study determined the success of NIV as discharge to a hospital ward from the respiratory ICU, they observed 28.6% vs. 14.9% of moderate or severe renal failure in subjects with technique failure. Although only almost statistically significant (P=.069j, this result is similar to our results. The present study has the advantage of being prospective and having renal function as its principal objective. However, on analyzing the relationship between serum creatinine levels and mortality, again no differences were found, except for the in-hospital mortality where it could be found. This corroborates the argument that acute worsening in renal function is a fundamental factor for prognosis, being stronger than punctual measurement of renal function [14,18-19]. Therefore, in cases in which basal serum creatinine levels are not available, the use of serum creatinine can help the emergency physician to come to a decision. With respect to IMV the study by Nim et al.  reported that subjects with an increase in serum creatinine levels above 0.3 mg/dl within 24 hours and basal serum creatinine levels ≤1.4 mg/dl carried an in-hospital mortality of 56%. The mortality in the group without an increase in basal serum creatinine was 36%. Although the mortality rates in our study were not as high, our results support the results of this group since the mortality rate tripled in our study (30% in the group with AKI and 11% in subjects without). The "low" mortality rate in our study is probably due to its having been performed in subjects with NIV, because the IMV behaves as independent factor of mortality in subjects with AKI . This proves that the kidney function is a determinant factor in the prognosis made to subjects with ARF undergoing mechanical ventilation, both invasive and non invasive. Our trial wasn't designed to monitorizated the creatinin's levels after the initiation of NIV. Hence, the weight of the NIV as factor in the development of AKI is unknown nowadays. Therefore, more researches are needed. As mentioned previously, bicarbonate levels are often not included as a prognostic factor of NIV, but have a low predictive power .
However, studies describing a relationship have observed that high levels of bicarbonate (greater than 25 mmol/L) carry a better prognosis [3,4]. We did not find a relationship between serum bicarbonate levels and mortality but we did observe lower levels in the presence of AKI. Traditionally, the pH has been given a very important factor to prognosis. Therefore, the lower the pH, the worst the prognosis [6,7]. However, in our trial as well as in others , a relationship between and the prognosis was not observed. Similary, the same can be said for the pCO2. The classical hypothesis was that a higher level of pCO2 led to a lower pH and, therefore, a worse prognosis [7-8]. Moreover, our study as well don't prove this. Hence, there has to be another important factor that influenciates in the pH as well as in the prognosis. One explanation for the behave of the pH, pCO2 and HCO3-, may be that subjects with mainly hypercapnic ARF require an increase in serum bicarbonate to compensate for the associated acidosis. If these subjects presented AKI they would not be able to increase bicarbonate levels and consequently their pH levels would be lower. Since AKI carries a higher mortality this would explain the association between the higher mortality, low pH levels and not high serum bicarbonate levels as described in previous studies [1-6].
The main limitation of the present study is the different use of the AKIN criteria. These criteria are based on changes in serum creatinine or diuresis once the patient has been admitted. However, we evaluated the changes between serum creatinine levels at admission and within the previous 3 months. These "recent" serum creatinine levels were chosen with the aim of detecting subjects with AKI earlier since strict use of the AKIN criteria leads to a delay during which these time-dependent pathologies may worsen. The second limitation of the study is the cutoff of 3 months for creatinine levels. This time point was selected with the aim of having relatively "recent" values to carry out the study. Notwithstanding, in almost 20% of the cases the previous serum creatinine levels were not available. The last limitation is the relative small number of subjects with AKI. This fact is made worse in subjects classificated as AKIN 2 and AKIN 3. Therefore, it is fundamental for the research of more studies that valorate the behave in the changes in the kidney function in subjects undergoing NIV. Strangely enough subjects with AKI do not possess a higher possibility of being in ICU admission. Once more, the kidney function is the forgotten one in subjects undergoing a NIV. This study is just the first step. It is clear that the way we deal with AKI subjects has to change. The best path is yet to be discovered. In conclusion, the presence of AKI measured according to the AKIN criteria is an independent factor of mortality in subjects with ARF requiring NIV in the ED.